Triple E Training has received numerous requests via www.eee.co.za and facebook, regarding the ABET/AET accreditation process, and specifically the process that ABET Providers need to follow now that three providers have been awarded the 7 year accreditation. While Umalusi should be consulted immediately by all ABET/AET providers in this regard, it may also be useful to read this outline of the ABET/AET Accreditation process.
So what if you aren’t accredited for ABET?
The policy for the quality assurance of private adult learning centre, private Further Education and Training colleges and the accreditation of Private assessment bodies is available on Umalusi’s website: www.umalusi.org.za. Umalusi was granted the legal basis to grant accreditation, ie. full and no longer provisional, or any of the statuses below, with the approval of this policy.
All ABET/AET Providers have been previously given one of the following accreditation statuses:
- Confirmed as accreditation candidate
- Recommended as accreditation candidate
- One year provisional accreditation with condition
From June 2013 private institution should apply for accreditation (not provisional/ or any of the above) in line with the new accreditation process. Unaccredited ABET/AET institutions or those ABET/AET centres whose accreditation has lapsed, were required to apply for ABET/AET accreditation before October 2013, or do so now and join a later cycle of accreditation.
The criteria for ABET/AET accreditation is available from the Umalusi website – see specifically “Accreditation of Providers.” Also consider the reality that there are essential factors to face before becoming an ABET/AET Provider.
- Illiteracy and innumeracy are still key development issues in South Africa and becoming accredited as an ABET/AET Provider will be a dynamic, and yes, ever-changing process.
- This constant movement can be frustrating and therefore your passion for ABET/AET and the development of adults learners must be massive! If you’re not passionate about ABET/AET, don’t take another step!
- ABET/AET educators must be effectively trained. Earlier research and studies revealed that the ABET/AET educator is undoubtedly the most important factor in the success of the programme.
a. See more details in “A literacy development strategy for South Africa: Possibilities and limitations. HSRC.” Wydeman, JL and Kamper, GD. 1990.
b. And “The Training of educators for adult basic education in South Africa – some current issues and policy implications.” (Paper prepared by NEPI ABE sub-group) Motala,S. 1992.
- The skills and qualifications required by ABET/AET educators are available on SAQA website: www.saqa.org.za
- ABET/AET Providers who are private must have money to fund the ABET/AET Programme at the outset. There is little funding for such programmes and when you are starting out, you need to consider this.
- The list of policies you need feels endless! But the broad categories for ABET/AET accreditation are:
i. Mission directed leadership & management
ii. Teaching and training
iii. Learning and assessment
iv. Learner support
v. Institutional performance evaluation & review.
- ABET/AET Accreditation is not the end of the process. It’s only the beginning. Te sure you are offering ABET/AET learners the most excellent opportunities, you need to maintain your quality in your ABET/AET learning guides, your ABET/AET educators and approaches.